BeagleBone Black available - if you're quick.

Hi all, Beagle Bone Blacks are available at Adafruit this morning.

I wouldn't ordinarily put an Advertisement for a product as a Blog but as you may or may not know, Beagle Bone Blacks are seriously hard to come by.

Everybody is out of stock all the time, except a fewy unscrupulous dealers who jack up the price - a lot.

Adafruit has a notify service and today they got both Beagle Bone Blacks and the BBB Starter kit (which is a really super deal).

I already had a BBB from them but also wanted a starter kit so signed up for notify again.

My Starter kit is now on order (didn't think I'd tell you about it till I ensured mine did you?)

In any case if you want a BBB, now's the time - if you are really quick.

Best Regards,


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Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 12:27pm

After I put in my order they showed 45 left (probably got 50).

Now show 22.

Good luck!

If you don't get there in time I strongly recommend signing up for their notification and then when you do finally get it (2 weeks to a month - do not hesitate).

Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 1:02pm

Hi All,

11:58 and all gone, Hope some of you guys managed to get one.

They lasted 48 minutes from when I put in the Blog.

AdaFruit is a great company to do business with and they have lots of interesting stuff.

Definitely recommend you sign up for their notification service if you want a Beagle Bone Black.

Best Regards,


Comment by Morli on March 5, 2014 at 1:19pm

Probably a dumb question but whats so special about black one? Is there a white too and whats different about it?

Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 2:05pm

Hi Morli, the original Beagle Bone is in fact white and is $89.00.

The Beagle Bone Black is a more recent update with enhanced features and it is $45.00 and subsidized by TI, I believe, so that people will start using their processors.

The fact is that the Beagle Bone Black is an absolutely fantastically powerful tiny Linux computer with its own built in development capability.

And we are going to be using it as the computer half of the Pixhawk Fire, they are debugging the other half (the Pixhawk Fire cape) at this time.

But even if you don't want to use it as the next generation after APM / PX4 /Pixhawk, the Beagle Bone Black is a really good candidate for a co-computer to be used with the Pixhawk, because its computing power is sufficient for solving a lot of "vision" or 3D applications.

The other high end candidate right now is the Odroid U3 Community version, not much bigger, but with a Quad core processor and full Linux computer capability.

I also have an Odroid U3 now with 64gb fast EMMC memory and Linux and it is going to prove to be a very good development platform for my robots vision system I think.

The built in development system and HD monitor and USB wireless keyboard and wifi interface capability and a really nice little optional IO "cape" that has lots of GPIO and PWM and A/D makes it a really easy to work with and powerful platform.

Really excellent for robotics and as usual about the size of a pack of cards.

I now have both processors and will be using them together with a Pixhawk on my 2 wheel hanging pendulum robot.

Comment by Joe Thompson on March 5, 2014 at 3:29pm

@Gary, I am still seeing 52 left. Down from 77 when I first clicked the link about half an hour ago...

Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 3:48pm

Cool, I see 43 now too, I guess they got another batch in or unpacked another batch anyway.

Last time, when they were gone, it has been over a month since they got more in.

I think they get these from CircuitCo and they have only been delivering small quantities to all the dealers.

Last time I checked, Mouser had 12,476 on order and none in stock.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 5, 2014 at 4:18pm

It's still a crusty single core at 1Ghz.  That's the power of marketing.

Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 4:28pm

OK Jack how about one of these with a dual quad core (octa) processor,

Comment by Gary McCray on March 5, 2014 at 5:25pm

I do see they are back out of them again now, I guess it was a 150 to 200 unit fire sale.

Comment by Adam Erickson on March 5, 2014 at 5:44pm

I still like the computer vision solution used by a university last year, which consisted of two Odroids sandwiched together, sharing computational load over an Ethernet connection. This was done to replace processing on the ground, first computing SLAM and then an octomap of these outputs (voxels for navigation through sparse representation).

Has anyone figured out the WiFi nano dongles on the BBB yet? :) It's a great board, but I'd love to program mine from another room as I do with my RasPi.


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